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High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton Hardcover – August 1, 1998
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Bill Clinton pledged to run "the most ethical administration in the history of the republic." In High Crimes and Misdemeanors, conservative lawyer and pundit Ann Coulter finds this promise laughably off the mark. Although she devotes a fair amount of space to the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Coulter covers the gamut of Clinton controversies, from the Whitewater deal to the death of Vincent Foster to Filegate (plus others--ever heard of "Wampumgate"?). Her tone is aggressively anti-Clinton, but she also has the virtue of engaging and straightforward prose that explains why each individual scandal matters. (The chapter on Whitewater begins: "This is the boring part. Whitewater gets interesting only when you understand why it is boring. It is boring by design, like a New York Times editorial. Don't skip to the next chapter! That's just what the Clintons want you to do.") The best section of the book is a serious examination of the impeachment process--how the Founding Fathers envisioned it, how it's been used throughout history, and why, in Coulter's opinion, it should be invoked against Clinton. --John J. Miller
...reads like the closing argument of a long trial by a prosecutor who plainly hates the guilty bastard at the defence table... -- The Economist
Its sprightly style is a welcome relief from the lugubrious, Teutonic language in which Clinton defenders describe the unthinkable disaster of impeachment. -- The Wall Street Journal, Robert H. Bork
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I will continue to send Ann Clulters books to family and friends whom I hold hope out for them to read, learn, and get the hell onto the right side in this political morass.
I will always refer to her books, she is bright, skilled, and as right on target as a snipers bullet!
Coulter is both legal and political junkie so she knows the constitutional and political issues well. Her writing style is OK, a bit repititous at times but she has generally organized a quagmire of information into coherent buckets. It is all well documented and I dont think she was shown to have been off on any issues. Clinton was ultimately impeached and disbarred, but his wife seems to still put up with him. In any case this is a fitting documentary on why we need to reduce the size of government and take power and temptation away from these mercenaries.
Coulter runs down all the Clinton era scandals and the list is remarkable. I think a lot of us forgot about Travelgate, the Foster suicide, and the missing billing records. Coulter reminds us that corruption was an essential part of the Clinton DNA. Somehow the former President has reinvented himself as an elder statesman. I will never understand that the press does not continue to ask Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea about these issues on every occasion. The counterparties to all these shenanigans (Willey, Jones, Flowers, etc.) were all highly credible and have not been shown to be off-base in the intervening years. Nixon and Liddy were pikers compared to this crew. Anyone who wants to understand our political history should start with Coulter's books.